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in the kingdom of so likewise ; he can be no
heaven.

good Christian, nor shall
have any place in the King-
dom of Heaven. But on
the contrary, he that pra.
etises all these moral Pre-
cepts, and teaches others
the necessity of doing the
fame; such a one is the best
Christian, and shall be sure

of the greatest Reward. 20 For I say unto

20 So that unless your you, That except Righteousness be more uniyour righteousness versal and more fincere than shall exceed the righteousness of

the that of the Jewish Doctors, Scribes & Pharisees, Scribes and Pharifees, who ye shall in no cafe frequently preferred outenter into the king

ward Ceremonies before dom of heaven.

moral Duties, ye cannot be
good Christians, nor enter
into the Kingdom of Hea-

ven.
21 Ye have 21. Thus the Christian
heard, that it was Religion is not designed to
said by them of old abolish the Moral Law, but
time, Thou shalt not
kill: and whosoever

to perfect and exalt it in shall kill, shall be in many Instances. As for Exdanger of the judg. ample: The Law forbad . Exod.

Murder, under the *
of Death :

Lev.24.17.

ment.

pain 21. 12.

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22. But I say unto you, 22 But I say unto Whosoever shall so much you, That whosoever as indulge rash and causeless brother without a

is angry with his Anger or Paffion; shall be cause,shall be in danliable to be punished by God ger of the judgment: in another Life, with a

and whosoever fhal! Punishment proportionable Raca, shall be in dan

say to his brother, to the severity of that capi. ger of the councel: tal one inflicted by the Jews but whosoever fhali on Murderers. But he that be in danger of hell

say, Thou fool, shall shall suffer his Passion fire. to rise higher, and use himself to mock and deride others ; shall be further punished by God with a severity proportionable to the greater Punishments which used to be inficted by the higher Councel of the Jews upon the boldest Offenders. But he that shall yet farther indulge his Paslion, and accustom himself to rail, sander, and revile others; shall be punished by God with the feverest of all the Degrees of Punishment, answering to that extraordinary one amongst Men, of being burnt a. live.

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23 Therefore, if 23. If therefore, when thou bring thy gift you are about to pay any to the altar, and

act of worship to God, you there remembreft that thy

brother remember that there is any hath ought against Offence or Difference be

tween you and and another ; which may thus provoke God's Anger against

you : 24. Leave there 24 Go immediately, and thy gift before the be first reconciled to your altar, and go thy Adversary, and then come way, firft be reconciled to thy brother, and worship God. and then come and 25. Above all things, be offer thy gift.

sure to put a timely end 25 Agree with thine adversary quic to all Contentions that may kly, whiles thou art arise ; before things come in the way with him: to extremity, and it prove left at any cime the adversary deliver

too late. thee to the judge,

26. For as when one is and the judge deli- going before the Magistrate ver thee to the offi- with his, Adversary, he may çer, and thou be caft easily agree with him in the

26 Verily, I say way, and put an end to the unto thee, thou shalt Difference ; but when once by no means come Sentence is past, and he is out thence, till thou haft paid the utter: put in Prison, there is no

more hope : So while God graciously affords you time and space, you may easily put an end to all unchristian Contentions ; but if you be flow and delay till

Judg.

into prison.

most farthing

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Judgment overtake you, the Time will be past, and there will remain nothing but endless Punishment.

27 ( Ye have 27. Again, the Law heard that it was faith, Thou shalt not commit said by them of old Adultery.

tiine, Thon shalt not 28. But I say unto you,

commit adultery.

28 But I say unto Whosoever looketh on a Wo.

you,That whosoever man with anchafte Desires and looketh on a woman lutentions, is guilty of Adul. to luft after her, hath

committed adultery tery in his own Mind and with her already in in the Judgment of God, his heart. though he has not opportunity to commit the Fact. cin unlawfull, aut 29,& 30. Perhaps these

29 And if thy

offend more strict and exalted Pre. right eye

thee, pluck it out, cepts may

difficult

and cast it from thee: to be practised, like plucking for it is profitable for out a right Eye, or cutting thee that one of thy

members should peoff a right Hand : But if rish, and not that any thing as dear to you as thy

budy your right Hand or righit should be caft into Eye, be a cause of making

30 And if thy you fin; it is much better right hand offend to resolve to part with thee, cut it off, and it, and to suffer the present caft it from thee : inconvenience, how great for thee that one of

for it is profitable foever it be ; than to let it thy members should be the cause of your eternal perish, and not that ruine.

thy

body should be cast into hell.

seem very

whole

hell.

whole

31 It hath been

31. Again, The Law said, Whosoever shall permitted a Man in several let him give her a Cases to give his Wife a Bill writing of divorce- of Divorcement, and to put

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32 But I say unto 32. But I say unto you, you, that whosoever This was not according to shall put away his the Original Design of God, cause of fornication, but only permitted to the causeth her to com- Jews because of the hardmit adultery : and nefs of their Hearts, and whosoever shall mary her that is di

to prevent greater Evils. vorced, committeth From henceforth therefore adultery.

whosoever shall put away his Wife, and marry another, excepting only for the cause of Adultery, shall be accounted guilty of causing both her that is put away, and him that shall afterwards mar

ry her, to commit Adultery. 33 ¢ Again, ye 33. | Again, The Law have heard that it required that Men should not them of old time, forfwear themselves, but reliThon fhalt not for- gionfly perform whatever they swear thy self, but had obliged themselves to by fhalt perform unto Oath.

34. But I say unto you, 34 But I say unto you,Swear not at all;

Swear not at all in common

the Lord thine oaths.

+ 'Tis evident our Saviour does not here forbid Swearing solemny to any Truth before a Magistrate, ec,

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